By Rick Palsgrove
Groveport Madison Schools Superintendent Bruce Hoover resigned effective Feb. 9.
“After the death of my son Nathan this past March, I believe it is time to seek new opportunities and a fresh start for both (my wife) Chris and myself,” wrote Hoover in his resignation letter to the Groveport Madison Board of Education.
Hoover had served as superintendent for eight years. His current contract is set to expire July 31, 2018.
“It’s been a stressful year for him and he’s taking a break,” said Groveport Madison Communications Director Jeff Warner.
Warner emphasized that Hoover was not forced out by the school board.
“He’s looking for that next step,” said Warner.
Warner said the board, at its Feb. 14 meeting, intends to name Assistant Superintendent John Hurd to serve as interim superintendent until a new superintendent is found. He said Hurd’s salary to serve as interim superintendent, as well as what search method will be used to find a new superintendent, has not yet been determined.
“The board will do its due diligence in seeking the best candidate to lead the district for the coming years,” said Warner.
Among the highlights of Hoover’s tenure as superintendent are: construction of the new high school; improved student academic achievement; stabilizing the district’s budget; and being one of only two area districts to receive and A or B in student growth performance on the State Report Card for two consecutive years.